The Episodic Challenges of Living with a Mental Illness. Presented by Dave Gallson Richard Chenier National Program Director Managing Partner National Network for Mental Health Chenier Consulting Canada. Mental Health Facts:.
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The Episodic Challenges of Living with a MentalIllness
Dave Gallson Richard Chenier
National Program Director Managing Partner National Network for Mental Health Chenier Consulting Canada
“Employment, or engaging in some form of meaningful work/ activity, is well recognized as a key determinant of health and essential to mental health. Conversely, unemployment has a negative effect on mental health. We know that unemployment is the leading cause of poverty, and that poverty is a leading cause of poor physical and mental health. Therefore, meaningful work and employment must be viewed as essential components to establishing and maintaining positive mental health.”
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Mental Health Implementation Task Force Final Report
A re-occurring illness which may move a person in and out of the labour force in an unpredictable manner.
Some examples of episodic disability are:
Most income support and benefits programs have inherent disincentives to working to one’s capacity, particularly if one’s capacity to work is unpredictable and episodic
COMPONENTS OF CONDUSIVE ENVIRONMENTS
- Using the philosophy of the BUILT Network program, peer support and employment maintenance components are crucial to successful entry/ re-entry to the workforce
- Establish organizational and employee health as “twin priorities” among managers in business
- Hope is a critical pathway to recovery
- Empowerment and recognition of hope fosters recovery and the achievement of life goals
- A comprehensive benefits coverage